Aurora University men’s soccer goes international

Men's soccer teamThe Aurora University men’s soccer program will be taking an eight-day international trip to Costa Rica from March 2-10, 2013.  The purpose of the trip is three-fold, competition, community service and a cultural experience.

“This international trip serves as an incredible opportunity for our AU men’s soccer players to engage in cultural learning adventures, volunteer in community service projects around the world, and provide a true liberal-arts experience through athletics, service and travel,” said Head Coach Amir St. Clair. “The AU men’s soccer trip to Costa Rica allows these student-athletes the unique chance of exploring culture, society and education through soccer. It will certainly be the trip of a lifetime.”

While in Costa Rica, the AU men will compete against three international professional teams and take advantage of the time to train as well. In addition, the Spartans will volunteer at a local orphanage and help serve the children in various capacities. Community service has been the norm for the Spartan men’s soccer program and this school year has been no different. The Spartans have spent time with Mutual Ground, Lowrie Elementary School in Elgin, Ill. and TopSoccer performing various projects that benefit the community.

Throughout the trip, which takes place over the Aurora University Spring Break, the Spartans also will have the opportunity to go whitewater rafting, zip line through the Costa Rican rainforest, hike up the side of a volcano and experience the authentic Costa Rican culture.

“We as a staff view this trip as a wonderful opportunity for our program to branch out and experience new cultures and competition, while providing community service and volunteerism in a different part of the world,” St. Clair added. “This will be an once-in-a-lifetime adventure for our players to share together and form memories that will strengthen our program and hopefully add to future success.”

To raise the necessary funds to pay for the trip, members of the program have performed various fundraising activities over the past 10 months. Those interested in supporting the Spartans trip can contact Head Coach Amir St. Clair at astclair@aurora.edu.

The Spartans finished the 2012 season with a 12-5-2 overall record and were 8-2-1 in the Northern Athletics Conference.